The Honorable Thomas N. Douglass, Jr., retired Superior Court Judge and former Assistant District Attorney for Riverside County, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Tom was born January 7, 1947 to Tom, Sr. and Polly Douglass in Little Rock, Arkansas. Because his dad was a career officer in the United States Navy, Tom spent his youth moving to ports all over the U.S. and abroad.
After completing his undergraduate studies (California State University Long Beach) and legal education (University of California Hastings College of Law), Tom was sworn in as a Deputy District Attorney for Riverside County in 1972. Tom eventually relocated to the Coachella Valley where he ran the Eastern Division of the Riverside County DA's Office in Indio as the Assistant District Attorney. Tom became a judge in 1986 and served until his retirement in 2007. Thereafter, he sat as a visiting judge on and off until 2013.
Tom is survived by his wife, Jana and their blended family, Kelly Sullivan-Douglass (Jim), Stephanie Ochoa, Erin Douglass (Ari), Amy Douglass (Curtis), Elizabeth Espiritu (Eduardo), Richard Salomon (Brooke), and eight grandchildren (Samuel, Benjamin, Cameron, Brandon, Zoe, Mia, Eli, and Ryan). Tom was predeceased by his parents and his only sibling, older brother Michael Joe Douglass of Arkansas.
A public memorial service will be held at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm.